Thinking about dreaming
The past few weeks Iâ€™ve been having a lot of stress dreams. Most likely because I am waiting for a lot of things to happen and they donâ€™t happen for a while. Actually quite a few should be resolved this week so the dreams are getting more frequent and intense.
Fortunately, Iâ€™m one of those lucky people who has lucid dreams. Wikipedia makes it sound ubber cool and existential really it just means my dreams are extremely vivid, I remember them very well, and at some point in the dream I realize â€œhey this is a dream and Iâ€™m in control I can do ANYTHING I want because itâ€™s not real and I am in control.â€
So I do.
I take over my dream and make everyone and everything in it what I want. My mind wraps around the dream the minute I become aware of the fact that Iâ€™m dreaming and takes over.
But I have to be careful, sometimes if I realize Iâ€™m dreaming my body will throw me out of sleep and wake me up â€“ which is a pain because it throws me right out of REM and Iâ€™m always tired the next day if that happens. Except, it ends the dream which is nice, there is one dream in particular I always wake myself up from, the driving stress dream. I hate that dream.Â I am trying to drive from the wrong seat, either the passengers seat or the back seat, and one of my kids is in the car with me. I shiver just thinking about it.
Hereâ€™s the thing, I like being a lucid dreamer. Itâ€™s fun. I never know where my dreams are going to take me and even when my mind takes over sometimes my brain comes up with scenarios I would never imagine in reality.
Thatâ€™s also where some of myÂ story ideas come from. Catâ€™s Revealing started as a lucid dream. I ended up changing a lot of details but the seed of the story started as a lucid dream.